Natural Resources and Parks
Bellevue and Mercer Island public meetings to shed light on proposed sewer line update
King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division will host two public meetings in March to share information about a proposal to update aging sewer infrastructure serving Bellevue and Mercer Island since the 1970s.
King County seeks public review, comment on Eastside Rail Corridor trail draft master plan
King County is moving ahead with plans to build a new regional trail on the Eastside to better connect communities and offer more mobility options - and public input is an essential part of the upcoming planning process.
Wastewater survey coming to 20,000 businesses in March
Area businesses of all types and sizes should watch for a mailer from King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division in early March. The County is asking 20,000 companies to complete a survey about the wastewater they generate and send to the regional sewer system each day. Responses will support King County’s efforts to protect regional water quality and comply with federal requirements.
King County Green Schools Program recognizes six schools, helps schools achieve results
Hundreds of schools from 33 cities in King County are reducing waste and recycling, conserving resources, and cutting costs with help from the King County Green Schools Program.
‘Invasive Species Awareness Week’ spotlights threats to King County’s native flora and fauna
In proclaiming Feb. 21-27 as Invasive Species Awareness Week in King County, Executive Dow Constantine urged residents to learn more about how they can help prevent the spread of non-native species that are harmful to the economy, environment, and recreation resources.
Additional public comment opportunity for Algona Transfer Station replacement proposal
A second open house has been added to the public-involvement options that King County has as part of its plan to replace the 50-year-old Algona Transfer Station.
King County closing Flood Warning Center, but will continue to monitor river levels, weather forecasts
The King County Flood Warning Center will close at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, following nearly two days of ‘round-the-clock operation in response to widespread flooding.
King County Flood Warning Center: Steady rain sends Tolt River up to Phase 3 flood alert
Pushed higher by steady rainfall, the Tolt River has reached a Phase 3 flood alert level, with moderate and widespread flooding possible upstream of Carnation, according to the King County Flood Warning Center, which has been monitoring conditions on several rivers since the evening of Sunday, Feb. 14.
King County Flood Warning Center issues Phase 3 flood alert for Tolt River
The King County Flood Warning Center has issued a Phase 3 flood alert for the Tolt River, with moderate and potentially widespread flooding possible along the river. The Flood Warning Center opened at 9:40 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14, to monitor flood conditions as steady rain has brought sharp rises to many King County rivers.
King County Flood Warning Center issues Phase 2 flood alert for Green River
The King County Flood Warning Center has issued a Phase 2 flood alert for the Green River, with only minor flooding expected in rural areas east of Auburn. The Flood Warning Center opened at 9:40 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14 as steady rain brought sharp rises to many King County river levels.
King County Flood Warning Center issues Phase 3 flood alert for Snoqualmie River
The King County Flood Warning Center issued a Phase 3 flood alert for the Snoqualmie River on Monday, Feb. 15, with the potential for widespread, moderate flooding.
King County Flood Warning Center issues Phase 2 flood alert for Tolt River
The King County Flood Warning Center has issued a Phase 2 flood alert for the Tolt River, where minor flooding is now possible. The Flood Warning Center opened at 9:40 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14 as steady rain brought sharp rises to many King County river levels.
King County Flood Warning Center opens to monitor minor flooding on Snoqualmie River
Pushed higher by persistent heavy rainfall, the Snoqualmie River has reached a Phase 2 flood alert level with minor flooding likely, according to the King County Flood Warning Center, which opened at 9:40 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14 to monitor conditions.
Get free compost samples and expert plant-care tips at the NW Flower & Garden Show
Join King County’s clean-water utility at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Feb. 17-22, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Booth visitors can take home free samples of GroCo, a high-quality, nitrogen-rich compost made with Loop® produced by King County’s treatment plants.
Executive awards 41 grants for playgrounds, movie and music nights, farmers markets and youth activities
Playgrounds, movie and music nights, youth activities, river clean up days, farmers markets and neighborhood safety events are among the 41 community projects that will be funded through Community Service Area grants announced by Executive Constantine.
King County Youth Sports Facilities grants help build skate parks, ball fields, other projects
Whether it’s a new skate park in Covington or a sports field renovation in Bothell, King County’s Youth Sports Facilities Grant Fund (YSFG) Program has helped build or renovate hundreds of public sports amenities at minimal taxpayer expense.
Seattle-area watershed partners celebrate 10 years of salmon recovery efforts, plan for the next decade
Discussions at the 2016 Salmon Summit focus on how to increase chinook salmon populations in Lake Washington, Lake Sammamish and the Cedar River
King County to invest $196.8 million in clean-water projects in 2016
King County’s clean-water utility has budgeted $196.8 million in 2016 for vital infrastructure projects that will protect water quality, support regional environmental goals and sustain vibrant economic growth. Priorities include upgrading aging facilities, planning for growth, controlling overflows of stormwater and sewage during heavy rains, and supporting the cleanup of Puget Sound and the Lower Duwamish Waterway.
Public open house and comment period set for Algona Transfer Station replacement proposal
King County has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for a new South County Recycling and Transfer Station to replace the 50-plus-year-old Algona Transfer Station.
King County bond refinancing saves $65 million for sewer utility ratepayers
Solid credit ratings and favorable financial market conditions continue to benefit ratepayers served by King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division. On Monday, a bond refinancing of $281.5 will yield about $65 million in savings over the next 25 years.